I love dialogue in a book, I can get bored and zone out if there is too much description. In turn that means as a writer I put a lot of dialogue in my books.
I wonder sometimes if I am more suited to screen writing than novel writing? In my head the dialogue should move the story along, add character to the people in the book. I would prefer to get to know a character through their voice rather than paragraphs of description.
If I am trying to discuss a past event, I don’t always want to describe via flashback but rather get the person to talk about. I have no idea which is correct route of what readers prefer so I tend to stick to what I like and mimic this.
Do you like dialogue to be frequent throughout a book?
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4 thoughts on “Harper’s Harpings – Descriptions via Speech or Narrative”
I love good dialogue! I can fall in love with a character from the first page if their dialogue grabs me. When that happens, I crave to hear (read) them speak again. Books are magical that way.
Ah, yes, I am glad I am not the only one, I love to read the conversations.
I can sometimes get through writing an entire chapter with 95% dialogue. I get so caught up in the verbal back and forth that it doesn’t really matter where the characters are or what they’re doing. For me, it’s always a challenge to interrupt good dialogue with things that are poignant and not just an interruption for interruption’s sake. 😀
Yes, exactly that, I love the chatter back and forth and struggle sometime to break it up a bit. I feel I should but don’t want to.
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